Richard “Dick” Linke, age 66, of Pardeeville, formerly of Fox Lake, died peacefully at Aspirus Devine Savior Hospital in Portage after a brief battle with COVID.
Richard Paul Linke was born on February 15, 1955 to William, Sr. and LaVarne (Parks) Linke, in Fox Lake, Wisconsin. After attending Waupun High School at the age of 24 he enlisted in the U. S. Army and remained on active duty for 13 years. He was grateful for the opportunity that the Army gave him to see the world. While stationed in Germany Dick took to traveling extensively throughout Europe, which retained fond memories for him. After active duty, he continued to serve his country for 17 years in the Army National Guard and then in the Army Reserve. At the age of 52, he found himself to be one of the older generations that was stationed in Iraq supporting Iraqi Freedom. After Dick’s retirement combining active and Guard & Army Reserves with nearly 30 years, he continued a wanderlust as often as he could. He was a 31-year member of Fox Lake American Legion Post #521.
Dick is survived by his brothers, Bill (Dawn) Linke of Waupun and Tom Linke of Fox Lake; and his special friend, Joan Borousk of Pardeeville; nieces and nephew, Bill, III and Lindy Linke; Amber (Boll & Womble family) & Annette Mulligan Heidi (Bill) Stone and Kayla Linke, and other relatives, cousins, great nieces and great nephews; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, James Linke, John Linke, Jane Mulligan, and a nephew, Mike Mulligan.
The visitation will be at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:20 a.m. The funeral service will follow at 11:30 a.m. with Deacon Randy Wells officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Fox Lake. Military honors will be provided by Fox Lake American Legion Post #521. The Linke family kindly asks that those in attendance please wear face coverings and social distance.
Memorials may be made in Richard Linke’s name to the Fox Lake American Legion Post #521.
The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com.